16 May LACLA & L.A.Conservancy Last Remaining Seats film series presents Kiss of the Spider Woman
Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles
In collaboration with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats film series
Presents the Kiss of The Spider Woman
June 9, 2018 at The Million Dollar Theatre
Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles, CA. May 2018. Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) in collaboration with the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats film series will present the film the “Kiss of The Spider Woman” on June 9, 2018 at the Million Dollar Theatre.
The evening host will be Catherine L. Benamou, Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies School of Humanities, UC Irvine. Special guest, David Weisman, Producer, Kiss of the Spider Woman.
“Kiss of The Spider Woman” is the 1985 drama-packed film directed by Hector Babenco (Argentine-born Brazilian film director) . The Brazilian-American film stars William Hurt, Raúl Juliá, Sônia Braga, José Lewgoy, and Milton Gonçalves. An instant classic, this remarkable film was a sophisticated and high-profile queer triumph in the midst of the conservative 1980’s.
In the film you get to meet Valentin Arregui and Luis Molina, two distinct prisoners. Arregui serving time for activities with a revolutionary group and Molina, a transgender who identifies as a female incarcerated for having sexual relations with an underage boy.
The story is a “film within a film”, featuring Luis Molina episodically telling Valentin Arregui the plot of a fictional film called Her Real Glory ostensibly produced in Germany during the Second World War by the Nazis.
It unfolds with a sequence of friendship, corruption, betrayal and romanticism as Molina befriends Arregui with the purpose to spy on behalf of the secret police. After successfully being on the police’s side, Molina is released from prison, later causing a fabricated story to unfold on her “involvement” with revolutionary groups.
As noted by Barbara Fulks, Puig’s work deals with the “ polemical nature of the relationship between sexuality and revolutionary politics. The conflict between power and sex, and their functions in society”
The film is directed by Hector Babenco, who became the first Latin American director to receive a nomination, he based it on the homonymous 1976 novel “El beso de la mujer araña” (Kiss of the Spider Woman) by Manuel Puig. The Argentinian author was the first to adapt his own novel as a stage play. A Broadway musical of the same name, also based on the novel, was produced in 1993.
What: The Kiss of The Spider Woman
When: Saturday June 9, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Where: Million Dollar Theatre 307 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tickets can be purchased through the L.A. Conservancy at the following link.
Social Media: #LastRemainingSeats #KissoftheSpiderWoman2018
Check out the 2018 Last Remaining Seats lineup at the following link.
About LACLA: Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles ( LACLA) is a California non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchange through film by screening classic and contemporary films from Latin America and by USA Latinas and Latinos. LACLA also supports the film and media efforts of Los Angeles inner-city middle and high school students with its annual student film festival.
About The Million Dollar Theater:
The Million Dollar Theater is part of the Grand Central Square project which encompasses the theater, the historic Grand Central Market, the Grand Central Square Apartments above the theater and the market, and a large modern parking structure. The theater’s unique architecture reflects the 1918 period when it was built, a time when Los Angeles was just beginning its tremendous growth as a center of the film industry.
About Last Remaining Seats: Last Remaining Seats is the Los Angeles Conservancy’s annual series of classic films in historic theatres. The series began in 1987 as a way to draw attention to the spectacular yet overlooked and underused historic theatres of Los Angeles. The film series has since become a summer tradition, drawing thousands of people from the region, the nation, and outside the U.S.
About the Los Angeles Conservancy: The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. What began as a volunteer group in 1978 now has more than 6,000 member households, making the Conservancy the largest local organization of its kind in the U.S.